Monday, December 9, 2013

30 for 30 Member Spotlight: Ben Burnett

Hometown – El Paso, TX

College(s) attended – UT, ACC (while on dismissal from UT)

Job title(s) and department(s) past and present – Student Development Specialist, Distance Education Center – Administrative Associate, Distance Education Center – Student Affairs Assistant, Greek Life and Education – Academic Advisor II, TIP - Sr. Academic Advisor, TIP/College of Liberal Arts – Program Coordinator, College of Liberal Arts

How did you end up at UT in the first place? I attended UT as an undergraduate, it's the best state school. Didn't have the best of times as an undergraduate and decided to try to change some of the things I had issues with.

What is your favorite part or being a part of ACA?  Honestly, its the camaraderie. Learning about all the wonderful programs and events offered to the students and meeting my talented colleagues around campus.

Here's where we'd like an anecdote about a favorite ACA memory or a memory that includes another ACA member. J.P. Regalado! There are too many great memories involving J.P. But J.P.and all he has done would be my favorite memories of ACA.

What advice would you give to new advisors or new staff members at UT? Ask a lot of questions. UT has its own language and way of doing things. It takes time to understand.

What legacy would you like to leave behind at UT? The UTurn program. Really, anything that provides support to students who find themselves struggling academically.

Anything else you want to tell us?  Only that I have spent more than half my life affiliated with UT either as a student or an employee.

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